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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training breaks down the editing workflow into bite-sized pieces, covering everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. Author David Basulto introduces the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere Elements as well as the advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects.
We just saw how to trim your clips, adjust the length, make them longer within the Sceneline, but now let's take a look at how to do that in the Timeline. So I have got my three clips once again down here. I've got my CTI, or my Current Time Indicator, right here, and if I move this and you look right here, you can see that you've got the time moving, so that's why this is called the Current Time Indicator. Problem I have is that everything is really small, and I don't have room to work here. So I am going to go up to the Zoom window here, and it says Zoom Out and Zoom In.
If I click and hold, drag it to the right, I have got some room now. Same footage, wonderful. So let's talk a little bit about once again that this is a Premiere Elements project file. Once again, I am going to try and drill this in your head. Whatever you do here in the Timeline or the Sceneline has no effect over your master footage in here. None at all. If you make this green, if you spin it upside down or sideways, if you invert it, whatever you do, will never affect the master file.
So you can be as creative as you like within your clip. So with that knowledge and power, let's move on and have some fun. So once again, I am moving, and I want to edit right there. So now in the Timeline we have our cursor. And if I hover over a piece of footage-- let's say I will select this footage, that's the one I am going to edit-- when I hold my cursor over the two pieces of footage here--see they are connecting right here--the arrows to the left are going to affect this piece of footage.
The arrow to the right is going to affect this piece of footage. So to the left is going to affect this footage, to right, this footage, and so on. So now, I want to stop right there. I am just going to go to my little area here, click and hold and drag, and there it goes. Let's do that one more time. I am going to hit Undo, and now we are going to go back here. And I want to take a look into this Preview monitor here, and now when I click and drag, I can see on the left what I am cutting or trimming. And when I stop, I have got it there.
Now the other good thing is that Elements moves over and shifts the other pieces of footage that I have in the Timeline. Now what if it didn't do that? We would have a big gap, and let's take a look at that. I am going to click and drag the other clips, let go, and now I have got this big gap, which is not very interesting. So if that ever happens to you, you can right-click in the area, choose Delete and Close Gap, and it will do it for you. Okay, so the next clip, I see her frowning once again.
I want her to smile because she knows she is going to dance soon, and there she is smiling, so I am going to go here, click and drag, and Elements shifted over these two clips to button up against this clip. And if I Play, she is smiling and then the dance coach calls her, and we will drag this over. It's her turn to dance. So there she is right there, so now I am going to trim this one, and now she is dancing.
So we see these people dancing. The girl is waiting for her turn. The coach calls her, she goes in and dances, and I would add some transitions here and have some fun. And then this might be a little long, so then I might trim this, click and drag. Okay so we finished trimming. Now let's go up here and hit the play button, but I want to go back to the beginning. So I am just going to drag it back, press the play button, and there is everybody dancing.
I would transition there to the girl, and then there she is dancing, and it's great. Then I would probably fade it out. So there we go, so you can see how easy it is to trim your projects. But what if I wanted to go back here and see her actually frowning, give her that little bit of a frown because she was unhappy that she hadn't being picked yet? So I am just going to drag the footage to the left. Let's see, right there, she is little pouty let go and now if I play it, there she is, maybe a little bit more even, so I will click and drag it a little more.
We will go back and I will play it again. We go there, the boy nods. There is the girl, a little sad, oh she is smiling, she might get picked, and she gets picked. So as you saw, I could drag in and out, trimming things, making them longer, making them shorter, all nondestructively, as I said, within Premiere Elements.
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